The defendant pleaded guilty to controlling prostitution under the direction of a male co-defendant who absconded. The case was aggravated because it related to the trafficking of two women into the UK to work as prostitutes.
The defendant, a mother with joint custody (the child resided abroad), had a history of vulnerabilities, evidenced in medical evidence obtained from her home country.
She was sentenced in the Crown Court to immediate custody. On appeal, heard 21 days later, custody was suspended.